Prunus virginiana var. demissa– Western Chokecherry
Tall Shrub 15′ x 10; Spread, White flowers from late June to early August.
- native host plant for butterflies
- spreads via runners
- grows in sun or shade
- lovely red purple fall color
Role in Ecosystem
Catapillar Host Plant for two tailed swallowtail
The lovely little cherries can be made into jam if you can catch them before the birds.
Luckily this plant also helps serve a key element of habitat.
Habitat Types and Plant communities
The following is a direct quote from the US Forest Service Information on habitat.
The 3 chokecherry varieties occur in numerous habitat types and plant communities. Chokecherry often forms mixed stands with other tall shrubs.
Pretty pictures from the Powell Garden: